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The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a Level 2 qualification in skills development. It enables students to practise, develop and demonstrate six important skills that are required for success in further/higher education, training or employment: working with others, problem solving, discussion, research, oral presentation and improving own learning.
Students build a portfolio of evidence to show how they have practised and developed the six skills while completing a selection of activities from the CoPE student book. There are a wide variety of activities available, from carrying out a detailed research project or taking on a leadership role to work experience.
What Will I Do?
Year 9, 10 and 11 students will build a portfolio of evidence to show how they have practised and developed the six skills while completing a selection of activities from the CoPE student book. There are a wide variety of activities available, from carrying out a detailed research project or taking on a leadership role, to work experience.
Students are encouraged to become involved in the College community in order to complete their portfolio work. A popular example of ‘Working with Others’ would be organising a table at the College’s increasingly popular Christmas Fayre. Students would be required to provide the following in relation to the event:
- Plan/Do/Review sheet;
- Action plan;
- Minutes from meetings;
- List of all the jobs that need doing;
- List of the jobs that individuals have to do;
- Activity log;
- Pictures of the event;
- Other evidence linked to the event, e.g. table plans, costing sheet, hand outs;
- Additional evidence should be annotated to explain what it shows;
- Witness statement from peers;
- Witness statement from staff.
Further activities and examples of work will need to be completed in the other 5 modules over the three year course.
Students completing the level 2 course will also be required to complete 12 credits of work from a selection of modules, which are tailored to students’ needs. These modules cover:
- Citizenship and Community;
- Sport and Leisure;
- Independent Living;
- The Environment;
- Vocational and Diploma Preparation;
- Health and Fitness;
- Work Related Learning and Enterprise;
- Science and Technology;
- International Links;
- Expressive Arts;
- Beliefs and Values.